Sunday, June 9, 2013

"Electric Button (Moon & Cherry)" DVD (director: Yuki Tanada)

This small-time Japanese indie from first-time director Tanada doesn't succeed with glitz nor glamor, but gets by with (I hate to say it, but it's true...) charm and heart. It's a tale of a virginal young man (Tadokoro) who joins an erotic writers club, only to find that the club's most successful writer is a young woman. Taking him under her wing, the young woman (named Mayama), proceeds to school the young man in the art of sex, putting him through all sorts of trials, presumably as fodder for her own literary work.

Without giving away too many spoilers, Todokoro finds himself at a crossroads well into his sexual education, and things take a turn for the worse. With a small amount of humor, a realistic script, and a tantalizing amount of sex, "Electric Button" is a charming adult drama that deserves a bigger audience.

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